Charleston Artists Win Artfields® $25,000 Second Place Prize, $12,500 People’s Choice Award

Kristi Ryba of Charleston, S.C. won the $25,000 ArtFields Second Place Prize for her mixed media piece “Chapel of Perpetual Adoration”.

Winners Represent Six Southeastern States, Broad Spectrum of Styles

The sixth annual installment of the Southeastern art competition, ArtFields®, culminated Saturday with an awards ceremony honoring competition prize winners who took home more than $120,000 in total cash prizes.

Listed below are the top winners for ArtFields® 2018, chosen by a panel of esteemed jurors:

- Michaela Pilar Brown of Columbia, S.C. won the $50,000 Grand Prize for her mixed media installation: "She’s Almost Ready"
- Kristi Ryba of Charleston, S.C. won the $25,000 Second Place Prize for her mixed media piece: “Chapel of Perpetual Adoration”
- Colin Quashie of Charleston, S.C. won the $12,500 People's Choice (2D) Prize for his painting: "Plantation Tree of Life"
- And Victoria Hagner of Sumter, S.C. won the $12,500 People's Choice (3D) Prize for her mixed media mosaic: "Mr. Brooks”

The below artists received a Category Prize of $1,500 each:
- Drawing: Janet Kozachek, Orangeburg, S.C., “Journey to the Underworld”
- Installation: Maggie Evans, Savannah, Ga., “Collective Belief”
- Painting: Kevin Spaulding, Effingham, S.C., “The Sacrifice
- Printmaking: Jim Creal, Spartanburg, S.C., “Hunting Island: Eroding Shoreline”
- Digital Media: Chalet Comellas, Tallahassee, Fla., “Movement in Place”
- Mixed Media: Tyrone Geter, Elgin, S.C., “Blackball, Blackmail, Blackcat, Black Man”
- Photography: Brant Barrett, Surfside Beach, S.C., “Riding with Chubby Checker”
- Sculpture: Bryan Rapp, Myrtle Beach, S.C., “A Parade of Horribles”

Merit Prizes of $1,000 each went to the following artists: Katie Beall, Smyrna, Ga., “Meeting”; Allen Coles, Columbia, S.C., “State Fair”; Peter Lenzo, Columbia, S.C., “In Memory of My Memory – Kris’ Leg”; Colin Quashie, Charleston, S.C., Plantation Tree of Life”; Thomas Schmidt, Jefferson Ellinger, Paul Stockhoff, Charlotte, N.C., ”LED Kintsugi”; Judy Shreve, Ellijay, Ga., “What’s in Your Backyard?”; SmithTownsend Collaborative, Lexington, Ky., “View of the big nothing from an abandoned perch atop pink meat pod island (with godbird watching)”; Tom Stanley, Rock Hill, S.C., “12 Panel Drawing”; Laura Spong, Columbia, S.C., “The Reaction Was Stormy”; Ross Turner, New Orleans, La., “Uncle Bluegill”.

ArtFields 2018 drew in top talent from the 12 eligible Southeastern states during the fall 2017 submissions period. For top winners past and present, the prize money translates to life-changing opportunity. Participants jump at the opportunity to work alongside, and network with, the Southeast’s most talented artists. The winning pieces become part of Lake City’s permanent collection.

More than 22,000 visitors attend each year to view art and participate in dozens of special events, workshops, musical concerts and lectures, traveling from as far away as Seattle, WA and Santa Fe, NM.